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PG&E Boosts Safety Training In Wake Of Workers’ Deaths

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Utility workers repair a power line. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Utility workers repair a power line. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Officials at Pacific Gas and Electric Co. are boosting the utility’s training on safety procedures after the deaths of three workers in three years.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the deaths have prompted PG&E officials to revamp electrical workers’ training, to make sure both that new employees know what they’re doing and that veterans don’t cut corners on safety procedures.

After Maximiliano Martinez in was electrocuted in March of 2010 The Chronicle says Cal/OSHA found nine violations by PG&E of workplace safety laws, several of them serious.

Since Martinez was electrocuted, two more PG&E workers have died in similar accidents.

PG&E spokesman Joe Molica says as a result of the deaths of the three workers, the company has “greatly increased training and our focus on safety, across the board.”

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